Anyone else go to the event? I wanted to say it was an awesome event. When reaching the arena, I was impressed with the number of people that were already seated waiting for Stephen King's arrival on stage. I would say it was a mix between adults and college students. I rushed through the crowd, tripping over a few people and on the stairs, as I looked for the perfect seat. Luckily, I saw an empty spot down below right in front of the floor seats. I was asked by those seated next to me "Are you alone?" Indeed, I actually flew down from Cleveland to attend the event. It was wonderful to chat with so many Stephen King fans around me. On the stage were two chairs and we all debated if we had chosen the correct side or would be looking at King's back. We were all relieved when he came out (to a roar of the crowd) and sat in the chair facing us. From then on, I think I was in awe of the situation. I was in the same room with the author I had admired for years. The bonus - he was speaking! It was also like a rock concert. People were cheering, including me.
My favorite part was when he read his new story "Afterlife" He pulled out several printed pages, which I imagined came directly from his home computer. From the worker behind the desk mispronouncing the dead man's name (which was on purpose I think) to the way King brought out secrets of the two men in the story, but then still left some untold, it was a typical masterpiece.
I guess the biggest disappointment of the event was myself. I didn't bring the right camera and didn't move fast enough for the question and answer portion of the event. In my mind, I didn't expect to talk to him and I didn't know what question to ask. Silly me, I didn't have one in mind when I came. I was just focused on going to the event. The last person to ask a question, King told her to make it a good one. If I got that chance, I would have asked (because I do wonder) — With having such a large collection of stories and billions (or is it millions) of words under his belt, I wonder how much editing or rewriting he does now. If you listened to the story "Afterlife" (which I hope it means that he is coming out with a new short story collection soon.) it's pretty flawless.
However, honestly, I am just happy I made the event because I had so much fun listening to him.
By the way, I did lock my rental car doors, but still checked my backseat anyway. You never know, a maniac might have the right tools to get in, even though you locked your doors. Thanks Stephen King for coming to Lowell!
Constant Reader, Angela